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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Jameson Williams

Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide, 2022 NFL Draft

Williams' speed and vision make him a potential big-play weapon, but he must show that he is fully recovered from a torn ACL

Jameson Williams took a little bit of time to blossom, but he did just that and then some to position himself as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft. It took a transfer from Ohio State to Alabama for Williams to get a chance to shine, and all he did last season was average 20 yards per catch and be uncoverable at times. A torn ACL suffered in January is something teams will have to consider, especially if there's any concern it will impact his game-breaking speed.

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Jameson Williams Draft Profile

College: Alabama
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190

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Strong Points

He arrived at Ohio State as more of a second-tier recruit and never climbed a crowded depth chart in Columbus, but Williams ended up becoming one of the true breakout stars of the 2021 season after transferring to Tuscaloosa. He’s an explosive playmaker, both downfield and as a catch-and-run threat. His speed is his calling card, as he’ll consistently threaten the top of a defense, with the hands and ball-tracking skills to capitalize on his explosiveness. It often leads to easy separation; he has the ability to change directions without having to gear down. His initial quickness is also outstanding. He’s at his best in space, where his blend of speed and vision are best put to use — along with his production as a receiver, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game against Southern Miss last September.

Weak Points

He’s a one-year starter, so there’s still work to do. Along with the elite talent that surrounded Williams at Alabama, the offense asked him to run a fairly simple route tree and included a lot of rounded cuts that allowed him to stay at top speed and simply outrun opponents. His torn ACL, suffered in the national title game, complicates things for 2022, as he’ll miss most of his summer work and might not be a contributor until midseason.

Summary

When healthy, he’s in the conversation for fastest player in this draft, and there’s little doubt Williams can make an immediate impact as a part-time offensive player and a return specialist. Whether he becomes a star will depend on his ability to handle the physicality of DBs who can run with him.

Final Grade: 1st Round

YearGRECYDSYPCTDR-ATTR-YDSTD

2019

12

6

112

18.7

1

0

0

0

2020

8

9

154

17.1

2

0

0

0

2021

15

79

1,572

19.9

15

3

23

0

Career

35

94

1,838

19.6

18

3

23

0

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